October 23, 2015
As a Marine Officer going on my second tour, Illinois alum (2011), and Marmion (2007), I often point back to Marmion for both Marines returning to Chicagoland with their families as well as my friends intending on raising their boys anywhere near the Fox River Valley. Marmion's strong academic curriculum was a foundation for my success in college, in the military, and in multiple areas of my life. The opportunities provided to me by the academics, the athletics, and the many clubs and events allowed me to grow as a man, as a Christian, and as a leader. Certainly it was expensive, but now those summers spent working off tuition in the pine tree farm & all those spaghetti dinners were clearly worth it as I got a free ride through college with scholarships and opportunities to grow that I am convinced I wouldn't have found anywhere else in the area. The fraternal character of Marmion is a real difference maker and many of my fellow alumni friends are successful individuals in a variety of professions. The JROTC program is especially effective due to personalities like MAJ Mark Emerson and SGM Gissel who instill discipline in the new cadets. The support staff are particularly adept individuals who were excellent influences and the teaching staff is excellent, whether I realized it at the time or not. If you have a son who you want to have a solid Catholic education (after all many of the monks and teachers have PhDs, Juris Doctors, etc) and you want them to get involved in a community and go to a great college, here is where you make that investment. It is not a reform school, like others have pointed out, and those kids that grew up with poor influences will still have an uphill battle since you can lead of horse to water but you can't make him drink. The high ACT/SAT and scholarship awards speak for themselves, but the level of maturity, independence, and discipline that is instilled in these young men really sets this place apart from the other quality schools in the area. I'm sure your son will be concerned about the lack of women at the school, but with double the school dances, opportunities to meet the young ladies of Rosary, the sister school, in athletics, the band, the plays, clubs, and beyond; your son will find he has a network of friends and contacts spreading across many towns and plenty of social opportunities. SEND YOUR SON HERE.
- submitted by a community member